Events

February 11, 2017: Lili Bita’s Fleshfire: A Multi-Media Performance, at The Rotonda, Philadelphia

The performance includes selected poems accompanied by music, dance, and choreographed movements. This mix of genres will express the myriad experiences of love and Eros available to adults of all ages, affinities, and gender identities.

Share with me my love poems inspired by one of the greatest Greek gods, Eros, and the passion it bestows. -Lili

Directed by Ruchama Bilenky
Featuring:
Lili Bita
Hannah Tsapatoris-MacLeod
Mike Romano
Barbara McPherson

8:00 P.M.
The Rotunda
4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 679-4098
Tickets $15 at https://therotunda.ticketleap.com/lili-bitas-fleshfire/

A Showcase of Greek and Greek-American Literature Held at Harvard University

On June 3, 2016, a Showcase of Greek and Greek-American Literature was held at Harvard University. The event was organized by The Advanced Training in Greek Poetry Translation & Performance Workshop and Somerset Hall Press. It featured readings and performances by several prominent authors of Greek ancestry. more.

Kick-off of Book Tour for Fleshfire: Love Poems by Lili Bita

Sunday, January 31, 2016, 2:00 PM: Bookstore1, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236, 941-365-7900.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 6:30 PM: Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables,Florida 33134, 305-442-4408.
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 6:00 PM (Valentine’s Day weekend): Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, (Greenwich Village) New York, 10014, 212-989-9319.
$9 admission includes a glass of wine, beer or soft drink.

December 12, 2015: Vassiliki Rapti at Cornelia Street Café, Greenwich Village, New York

Vassiliki Rapti, preceptor in Modern Greek at Harvard University, will read from her poetry collection Transitorium, with musical accompaniment. Bill Buschel, poet and story teller, Cosmos FM producer and host of Graffiti will also read from his poetry collection. Also on the program will be Marlain Angelides, multi-talented musician, composer and actress. She was the former lead vocalist in Greece's Hi-5 Girl Band, represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest, and has appeared frequently on the New York stage. Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, New York, at 6 PM. $9 admission includes a glass of wine, beer or soft drink.

July 9, 2015: Penelope Karageorge on Hellenic Public Radio, CosmosFM.org

Penelope Karageorge, author of The Neon Suitcase, was a guest on “Graffiti,” a program hosted by Bill Buschel on Hellenic Public Radio. Listen.

Summer 2015: Readings in Greece

July 17, 2015: Vassiliki Rapti reads from Transitorium in Thessalonike
At the Art Café Gazia organized by Chloe Koutsoubeli

July 22, 2015: Vassiliki Rapti reads from Transitorium in Athens
At the Tenth Paros International Poetry Translation Symposium organized by Ellen Dimos

July 28, 2015: Municipal Conservatory, Paros.

July 30, 2015: Ursuline Academy, Naxos.
An Evening of Poetry and Music. Vassiliki Rapti reads from Transitorium and Penelope Karageorge reads from The Neon Suitcase.
With Kostas Rekleitis, conductor; Stella Markou, soprano; and Yiannis Filias, tenor.

June 13, 2015: Penelope Karageorge at Cornelia Street Café

Penelope Karageorge reads from her poetry collection The Neon Suitcase. Also on the program is Dean Kostos, co-editor of Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry, reading from his new collection, This is Not a Skyscraper.
At the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, New York, on Saturday, February 8, 2015, at 6 PM.
$8 admission buys a glass of wine or soft drink.

June 10, 2015: Lili Bita and Robert Zaller Receive Petracca Award

The Philadelphia Poets gave the Petracca Award to Lili Bita and Robert Zaller for the poem “The Boy with the Poem in his Eyes” at the Fumo Public Library in Philadelphia.

May 21, 2015, at 7 PM: An Evening of Poetry and Music with Two Greek Women Authors

Two Greek women authors will debut their new poetry collections from Somerset Hall Press in an evening of poetry and music.
Penelope Karageorge, director of the Greek-American Writers Association in New York, will read from her collection, The Neon Suitcase.
Vassiliki Rapti, preceptor in Modern Greek at Harvard University, will read from her collection, Transitorium. She will be accompanied by world-famous soprano Stella Markou.
The event is free. Books will be available for purchase and will be signed by the authors.
Maliotis Cultural Center, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, Massachusetts.

February 8, 2015: Lili Bita and Robert Zaller at Cornelia Street Café

Lili Bita and Robert Zaller read from their works.
At the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, New York, on Saturday, February 8, 2015, at 6 PM.
$8 admission buys a glass of wine or soft drink.

January 25, 2015: Lili Bita and Robert Zaller at Bookstore 1, Sarasota, Florida

Lili Bita and Robert Zaller read from their works at Bookstore 1, a premiere independent bookstore in Sarasota, Florida.

November 24, 2014: Lili Bita inducted into the Union of Greek Writers

Acadimias and Gennadiou Streets, Athens Greece
Greek author and actress Lili Bita was honored and recognized for her body of work by being inducted into the Union of Greek Writers, an organization whose past members include luminaries such as Nikos Kazantzakis and Yannis Ritsos. Bita is the author of Sister of Darkness, Women of Fire and Blood, and many other books. Congratulations to Lili Bita!.

November 11, 2014: Of Poetry and Travel: An Evening with Roger Finch

At the Boston Hostel, 19 Stuart Street, 7 PM
Hostelling International Boston hosts a very special evening with Roger Finch, author of "Stations of the Sun." Roger Finch’s long experience of living in Japan and traveling widely in the Far East and other parts of the world provided the settings and themes of many of his poems and stories, which deal with love, friendship, encounters with strangers, discovery, loss, death, memories of the past, separation, and longing for one’s homeland. Come hear Roger read some from his collection “Stations of the Sun,” talk about poetry as a reflection on travel, and give an overview of his experiences of traveling through Asia. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided to those that attend.

October 11, 2014: Astoria reading at Cornelia Street Café

Nicos Alexiou reads from his bilingual poetry collection, Astoria, heart-felt poetry of exile, community and Greek identity.
At the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, New York, on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at 6 PM.
$8 admission buys a glass of wine or soft drink plus a dazzling and delightful evening. Also featuring songwriter/singer/actor Christos Alexandrou performing selections from his new album, "Tha Perimeno." Constantina Rhodes, author, Ph.D. and Intuitive Consultant will explain how to access intuition in every day life.

April 27, 2014: Astoria event at the Maliotis Cultural Center

Nicos Alexiou reads from his poetry collection "Astoria: Exile People Places." At the Maliotis Cultural Center, on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 3 PM. 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA. Reception to Follow,
Free Admission.
Dr. Alexiou is a sociology professor at Queens College, New York, and an expert on the Greek-American community of Astoria.

April 8, 2014: Lili Bita at the Black Sheep

Lili Bita will read from various works. At the Black Sheep, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM. 247 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA.

March 21, 2014: World Poetry Day

Nicos Alexiou reads from his poetry collection "Astoria: Exile People Places" with musical accompaniment by Tasos Papayioannou. At the Press Office of the Greek Mission to the United Nations on March 21, 2014, at 6:30 PM. 305 E. 47th Street, New York 10017.
Reception to Follow, Free Admission.

February 8, 2014: Unveiling of Illuminations Journal Greek-themed issue

Nicos Alexiou, Penelope Karageorge, and Basil Rouskas join editor Meg Scott-Copses for the unveiling of the Greek-themed issue of Illuminations Journal (Summer 2013).
At the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, New York, on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 6 PM.
They will read from their own works and works by Somerset Hall Press authors Lili Bita and Robert Zaller and other contributors.

February 13, 2010: Lili Bita at Woodstock Writers Festival

Lili Bita will be presenting her memoir Sister of Darkness at the "Celebration of the Memoir," Woodstock Writers Festival.
February 13, 2010 at noon. See further information about the Schedule.

February 26, 2010: Deahn Berrini reads from Milkweed: A Novel

Friday, February 26, 2010, 7 PM
Jamaicaway Books, 676 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain MA
www.jamaicawaybooks.com

March 18, 2010: Deahn Berrini reads from Milkweed: A Novel.

Thursday, March 18, 2010, 7 PM
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge, MA
www.portersquarebooks.com

March 10, 2010: Lili Bita will teach a master class and read from her books Sister of Darkness: A Memoir and Women of Fire and Blood: Poetic Reimagining of Ancient Greek Women and Goddesses.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

December 4, 2008: Tanya Contos will read from The Tide Clock and Other Poems.

Tanya Contos will read from her new book, The Tide Clock and Other Poems, on Thursday, December 4, 2008.
Hellenic College, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA.

April 24, 2009: Tanya Contos and Roger Finch joint book reading.

On April 24, 2009, Tanya Contos and Roger Finch had a joint book reading at the York Public Library in Maine.
Contos read from her The Tide Clock and Other Poems,
and Finch read from his poetry collection, Stations of the Sun.

November 15 and 16, 2008, Miami: Lili Bita at Miami Book Fair

Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, 2008
Lili Bita has been selected to appear as a featured author at the Miami International Book Fair.

April 6, 2008, Philadelphia: Lili Bita and Robert Zaller

Sunday, April 6, 2008
Reading by Lili Bita from Women of Fire and Blood and by Robert Zaller from Islands at the University Club of Philadelphia.

April 19, 2008, New York: Pomegranate Seeds

Saturday, April 19, 5:00-8:00 PM
Book Reading by Various Contributors to the Volume. Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village.

April 18, 2008, New York: Pomegranate Seeds

Friday, April 18, 6:30-8:30 PM. Presentation of Book followed by Reception. Press and Communication Officel. Permanent Mission of Greece to the United Nations, 305 East 47th Street, 2nd floor, New York. RSVP before event at info@somersethallpress.com

April 11, 2008, New York: Pomegranate Seeds

Reading at Morningside Heights Bookstore, 536 West 112th Street, New York

October 13, 2007, Miami: Islands and Sister of Darkness

Robert Zaller reads from Islands, poetry inspired by the Greek Islands.

November 17, 2006, Boston: Islands and Sister of Darkness

Robert Zaller reads from Islands, poetry inspired by the Greek islands, and Lili Bita reads from Sister of Darkness: A Memoir. Co-hosted by Grolier Poetry Bookstore and the Greek Institute, in Harvard Square. Location and time TBA.

October 21, 2006, New York: Islands

Robert Zaller reads from Islands, poetry inspired by the Greek Islands. Hosted by the Greek-American Writers Association. Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street (between West 4th and Bleeker Streets), 212-989-9319. 6 P.M.